Sunday, April 6, 2014
Today was our quilting day for April. Kate took her turn at presenting the block. I don’t know what the name of this quilt block is. Kate didn’t either. I’m not sure if she found it somewhere, or if she designed it herself, but I like it! It was quick and easy.
After I made my block, I cut some fabric up into 5.5” squares for the Park View ladies that I had, then I sewed a quilt top together for them for a nursing home. When quilting was over, Christie and I went to the Quad Cities and saw the movie ‘God’s Not Dead’. That was the second time for me, and the first for her. She loved it as much as I did. We went to Best Buy and I bought ONE HP printer, because it was wireless, (instead of two), and then we went to IHOP for supper. We had a nice visit, then we drove home. We got back into town about 9:30, then I made a huge mess in my office, and set up the printer for my computer. I also set it up for Louie’s computer, so now he can print from his computer in his office, to this printer in my office. I think we will be very happy with it. I have already scanned several things into pdf files, so that makes me very happy, as I used my last two printers for that purpose a lot. (Photo: Test printing an email from Louie’s office to my office)
This morning, I unhooked Louie’s old printer. Bye bye old printers!
Next month, May, will be our last quilting session until September. I don’t know how the last nine quilting months moved so fast, because the winter months drug on and on. It will be nice for summer to be here, but I will miss the girls.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Saturday, late morning, I picked up my sisterinlove Polly, and we met my brother for lunch, then we went to Cedar Rapids junkin’! I only found one sewing machine…..a Singer Stylist 543.
Normally, I RUN as far away as I can from this era of machine, because I know there are plastic gears. I checked to see if the zig was zagging, and it appeared to, so I took a chance. I always say, the foot control is worth the purchase price, so I bought it, thinking I could find a good home for it. This is about a 1978 era machine.
I was pleasantly pleased at how good the gears looked, and it stitched just the way it should.
The machine did not come with instructions, so I went to the Singer manual site, and downloaded a manual for it. You can find this manual HERE. Thank you Singer Company! I really didn’t need one for myself, but should it get passed on, someone else might need instructions.
Unfortunately, when I was trying to print this manual, I realized what my printer had been trying to tell me for the past week or so. (Caution! Paper Jam!…except there was no paper jam!) It’s tired, and worn out. The moving parts don’t want to move well anymore. The printer would struggle, then stop halfway through a page, then start up again. What I got when the pages finally emerged, were pages I was unable to use. I finished up on Louie’s printer, which is my OLD printer. It printed ok, once I restarted the computer and unplugged it a couple times to get it go, but it was PAINFULLY SLOW, so I think today I will be shopping for a new printer, or TWO.
I didn’t realize when I bought the Stylist 543 that the bottom arm cover was missing. That cover protects the gears on the underside of the machine, as in the bobbin area, over to about the middle of the machine. So what does a girl do when she needs a part? She hits the internet with a frenzy and searches until she finds one. I found one for a little bit older model with the same body shape, and it is on it’s way. The total cost of both the machine and the cover together, was still not a bad price for the machine.
The only problem I am having now, is whether I want to part with it. You see, it looks almost identical to the very first NEW sewing machine that I owned. I think the model I had was a 534. Louie bought a brand new Singer for me right after we were married. It was in a cabinet. Unfortunately, it broke a gear several years later, and I panicked and replaced it with another new machine. The replacement never was as good as the 534. You see, the older sewing machines with all metal gears REALLY are the best, if you want them to last forever.
Do you have a hard time parting with items that remind you of a special time in your life?
Today is quilting day at my house!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Tuesday I took another vacation day from work to go sew with my favorite Park View girls! I sewed a quilt top for a nursing home.
I realized after I got home, (DUH!) that there were several of us who were wearing RED. I was wearing a red Maquoketa Cardinals hoodie.
There were a few other gals there, which I did not get photos of, (sorry Connie, Jennifer and Jo) but the group was smaller that day. It seems to be the same core group that shows up each time I am there. They have become good friends and I am truly thankful.
A few of us went to the local restaurant for dessert and a beverage, then three of us went to see the movie ‘God’s NOT Dead’. AWESOME movie! I WILL own it when it comes out on DVD.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Louie and I found this machine a couple months ago. It went downstairs under the steps when I needed to get it out of my kitchen, and yesterday, I brought it back upstairs. This one is HEEEEAAVVY! Cosmetically, it is in very nice shape. It did need a bath though.
I cleaned and oiled it, as standard procedure, but I could not get the blind stitch to work. I heated, and pushed and pulled and searched with a flashlight to see where it could be stuck, to no avail. When Louie got home from work (yes, he worked on Sunday), I had him look, and he discovered the broken part. That’s ok. It straight stitches, and it zigzags. That is all that is needed. It is strong, and quiet. It was made in Japan in the middle sixties. This machine is also a ‘left needle’ position machine, meaning that it was not designed with quilting in mind (with the 1/4” seam and center position needle). It was designed for garment making, with the 5/8” seam being common.
I could not find a full manual without buying one, so since I did not want to buy one, I went to www.sewusa.com to get threading instructions. They are great in that they offer threading instructions, and bobbin winding instructions for free. Thank you SEWUSA!
It only took a teeny tiny bit of adjustment on the upper tension to make some nice stitches.
I am able to mark another machine DONE and off my list. It feels GOOD!
Again, I am not sure where this machine’s new home will be, but it is ready when the need arises.